As the last session approaches I had the request to teach recovery techniques.
My obstacles: Most of the restorative Yoga asanas I know all involve props, none of which the facility has, nor can I provide props for 40 individuals. My other concern: I just got the group interested in Dynamic Stretching (*cough, Yoga, cough*). I have no idea how receptive the group, as a whole, will be to long holds, little movement, relaxation, etc, and during the second to last session I began with Sukhasana, Siddhasana, or any similar variation that the boys could access without straining. Within one minute they were fidgeting, shifting or just got out of their variation entirely. They may not be quite ready to sit, lie, or be still in deep stretches, especially for 5 to 10 minutes per asana.
Solution: Write up.
You can lead a horse to water, but not you can make him drink.
I collected some articles about restorative Yoga, sports related recovery techniques, etc. I condensed much of the information so the group would not lose interest with information about case studies, statistical finding, etc.
I printed copies for each of them to have; it will be up to them if they want to try different techniques, do further research, etc.
I learned a long time ago, "Just because you care about something/are interested in something, does not mean that the other person is too.
I'm very interested to find out what happens. I may ever know; I'll just pretend that at some point the articles helped each of them.
I'm posting the information here because maybe someone reading may benefit from it too.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”― Brad Henry
One of the companies I work for schedules private Yoga sessions for its clients. I was requested to teach a Dynamic Stretching Class for a group of young athletes who train at an establishment focused on preparing young athletes for careers as pro-athletes. The establishment wanted a non-Yoga 30 minute class for deep stretching.
Interesting situation; the Dynamic Stretching portion would be prior to the athletic training segment. I had to make sure they were partially, somewhat warmed up before actually stretching so they would not incur injuries stretching a cold body, get them somewhat stretched out and ready to workout hard. Keeping this all in mind with the whole non-Yoga class in mind.
Instead of speaking about quieting the mind, going inwards, connecting with the body itself, etc etc. I did my best to have fun with the athletes, let them laugh, let them goof off and make jokes with each other. I met them were they were at, opening them up to the Dynamic Stretching concept (*cough, cough, Yoga, cough*) :)
Hopefully this group will keep up with there Dynamic Stretching (*cough, Yoga*) throughout their lives whether they go-pro or not. Maybe only day they will take an actual Yoga class. We'll see.
One of my Tuesday morning Yoga students brought me chocolates to show her appreciation; I shared them with the entire class, something I've always wanted to do, but always forget about. It's one of those things that I keep meaning to do, but it gets pushed further and further down my To-Do list.
It's really me who appreciates the students' for making the classes so focused, stable and so enjoyable. I am extremely thankful for the ability to teach.
I taught my morning class. I saw a pregnant student coming in for class. I asked if anyone had injuries or concerns. No one said anything. I went through class as I normally would. Whenever there was something that was not conducive for pregnancy I would walk over to my one pregnant student to show her a modification. It was a great class; super fun.
At the end of class...
"Could you please confirm you're pregnant?" everyone sort of looked at me funny; she was eight months pregnant. She said yes.
"Okay, so the reason why I asked is because as a teacher you never assume someone is pregnant. Wait until your student tells you. I say that because there was a time in my life I was REALLY out of shape; REALLY out of shape. I remember taking a class the teacher came up to me and asked, "Are you pregnant?" I just looked at her and said nope. I'm just out of shape.
The class laughed; some had similar stories that happened to them or someone they knew.
But, yes, never assume someone is pregnant; she might not be. You can always teach modifications without drawing attention to them.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ― Robert Brault
After my Thursday night class one of my students came up to me after class.
"I wanted to tell you inspired me to not give up. I had a motorcycle accident; I injured my back, neck and knee. Before the accident I was really athletic; after I was always in pain. I couldn't workout; couldn't run, lift, cycle. I just stopped doing everything. I went to physical therapy and my doctor suggested I do Yoga. Honestly I said, "That's for women." I didn't think I'd enjoy it; I didn't think I would get anything out of it. I thought it would be easy. I went to a few classes and was surprised how hard it was. I was struggling though it. I kept at it for about two, three weeks. I was ready to give up; it was just too hard. One morning I happened to take one of your morning classes. You walked in with your shoulder sling on, told us about your injury and there would be somethings that you would not be able to demonstrate. I watched you the whole class. I could tell that you were uncomfortable, but your where working through it. You taught a really good class. I left that day thinking, "If she can do this, so can I. I can't give up. I didn't. I feel better."
I'm really glad he told me.
To that student, thank you for telling me.
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